Just stayed one month in Saudi Arabia, where he was treated well in an atmosphere of religion, an American businessman who is also a pilot, Richard Patterson, converted to Islam.
Richard, who is now named Abdulaziz, has a company that provides services to help critical care and has a wealth of $ 50 million, and two private planes and two helicopters, which are used for special medical flight.
Richard arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in fulfilling a contract with the Saudi Arabian Red Crescent Societies, to train students in providing emergency relief in the air.
During his stay in Saudi Arabia three people from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance invites Richard out for dinner. All three Saudis are also members working in the project “Guide Me to Islam” (Lead I Towards Islam), talking with Richard about Islam and the essence of true Islam.
“I came to Saudi Arabia for the affairs of commercial transactions. I was so happy to make the best decisions of my life to God, to declare myself to Islam,” said Richard aka Abdulaziz, during the ceremony of conversion to Islam.
He praised the Saudi clothing and described it as comfortable and beautiful clothes.
When Abdulaziz in his country (America), he always used to hearing negative things about Islam through media channels, which aims menjelekan image of Islam.
“Just read about Islam is not enough to understand Islam. Meeting with these people represent and reflect the true spirit,” said Abdulaziz.
He considers himself lucky to find Islam through Muslim friends who accompanied him and discovered in Arabia that Islam is the religion of truth and tolerance.
“Muslims and Saudis kind, humble and open to others,” said Abdulaziz, adding that he felt they were like his own family, and never felt diasingi or mistreatment of them.
For Abdulaziz, the most interesting part of Saudi society is that they are a religious people, who help others to know the religion as part of their everyday lives.
“I wish I could bring all my friends to Saudi Arabia so he could experience what I find and change their view of Islam,” he said again.
Abdulaziz called on fellow Muslims so that employers can invite other foreign businessmen who converted to Islam.
Abdulaziz criticized the attitude of Muslim businessmen who are not serious business associates invite their foreign, to enter the noble religion of Islam. “We can provide books about Islam to the delegates during the business meeting to help clarify the true image of Islam today to someone else,” said Abdulaziz.
A teacher who became translators Abdulaziz, Esam Abdul Razzaq said that celebrities and key figures play a bigger role in their communities to show a certain image.
“Successful people have credibility among members of their community, because they are considered important. Therefore, when they choose to embrace Islam, would trigger the curiosity of others, who want to know more about this religion,” said Abdul Razzaq more. (Arn)
Ramaha, standing among a group of women in the mosque Manoa, Hawaii, who pledged Creed in Arabic. He testified take it there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Some managers of mosques across the country say they witnessed an increase of people who converted to Islam to four times. The increase has actually occurred since the September 11 tragedy occurred, when stories about Islam jumped, originally from the backyard to the front pages around the world.
Ramaha now entering his Islamic faith in his life as a Navy staff (AL) United States (U.S.) in Pearl Harbor began in July 2002. He does not wear the hijab while working as a dental hygienist, but he admitted that he would wear hair coverings when entering the mosque.
In the early days of Islam, when her husband, a Marine, stationed away, he admitted that he has been unable to perform the five daily prayers in Arabic reading in full, without the help of her husband. But the one that makes Islam convenient for him because he could practice the belief that according to his ability, do not demand perfection when he was still learn them one by one.
Heather’s husband, Mike is a Palestinian man who was born a Muslim and raised in San Francisco. But, that’s no reason that made her turn to Islam. “Mike never even made me embrace Islam,” said 33-year-old woman. “He said, if you want to do it, you alone must find out, but whatever your choice, I would still love you,” said Heather.
After embracing Islam, following Heather step is to find a way to explain his faith to his family in California. He realized, almost all information about Islam comes from the movies on TV, one of which he remembers, entitled “Not Without My Daughter”. The film tells the story of an American woman, the husband of Iranian origin who continue to persecute and fight for their children.
“Previously I could not find a way to tell them without making angry,” he said. “I was in the beginning have not been able to tell my father. I said I went to the mosque, but has not said if I had converted to Islam,” recalls Heather.
Sometimes he was asked why he chose that religion is seen some people hit a woman. Answering these types of questions, he said people often confuse religion with their cultural traditions. “Great in the U.S., the Islamic faith do not mix with the culture like in the Middle East for example,” he said.
Heather is the first in the family joined the church. At age 5 he was friends with a pastor’s daughter, then a Christian followers. The whole family joined him later.
Up to now she still diligently go to church. But Heather, he claimed to always strive to understand the Christian view of Holy Trinity. Finally in March 2001 he took a world religions class online from the University of California.
“I have been a Christian for 18 years,” I’m Heather .. “But I found many holes in that religion. (Islam) would open up so many ideas of truth. I feel in my heart this is the right religion for me,” he said.
As a next step, he took an introductory class on Islam in Hawai’i after the September 11 tragedy. He began to read the Qur’an and find some sort of ‘click’ in his heart. He also converted to Islam shortly after that.
“I always felt something was pulling me out there, if I did not follow, it arises the void,” he said. “The only thing that makes me complete when I have a religion, one God to worship me, where I can pray to Him.”
This book is a compilation of the numerous narratives about the lives, experiences and previous beliefs as well as Islamic impressions and reasons of different lucky women, belonging to all walks of life, as to why they reverted to Islam. Darussalam has already published one book from the same compiler on the same focus that was very much appreciated by the readers. We hope this study will help those non-Muslims women whose concepts are not clear about Islam, and those people who are working in Da’wah field.
Abdul-Malik Mujahid, General Manager
Table of Contents (of the Book)
1. O Muslim Women – Allama Iqbal
2. Why Islam is my only Choice? – Aisha Cassana Maddoz Nablisi (USA)
3. From edge of despair to glory in Islam – Aesha Lorenz Al-Saeed
4.African Missionary finds Truth in Islam despite unbearable hardships – An African Missionary
5. Islam has done me a world of good – Aisha Ong
6. Everybody desires world peace, well, there is nothing which will better accomplish that than the festival at the end of the Pilgrimage at Arafat!!! – A’isha Wen tworth-Fitz-William
7. Why I embraced Islam – Begum Amina Lakhani (Ohio, U.S.A)
8. Islam: My own Choice – American Muslimaa
9. This is the story of how I became Muslim. – Amirah
10. American woman’s search ends with the Qur’an – Hanan Abdullateef
11. Her intellect brought Amnah to Islam through Arabic. – Amnah
12. Islam religion of tolerance, good behavior, love and mercy. – Ann Rockfeller (A British Physician)
|13. Why I Embraced Islam – Asyia Abd14. Got the guidance from Allah! – Ayishah Hassan Jacoueline Ruth Pugh
15. Islam Changed My Life – Bahria Amanullah
16. The Choicest find: Islam – Bar’rah Islam of (TalaseaNew Britain)
17. I was totally convinced by the Truth of Islam – Bushra Finch
18. Our Daughter’s Choice: Islam! – Carol L. Anway
19. Islam is a blessing to Me – Chi Mei-fong
20. Muslim prayers sing nothing but God’s Mercy and Greatness! – Carol L. Anway
21. Journey to Faith! – Emily B. Assami
22. Fatima discovers the true spirit of Islam – N. Hashim
23. Why I embraced Islam – Fatima Heeren (West Germany)
24. Islam: Our Choice – Fatima Martin
25. My Transformation to Islam – Fitra (Osaka Muslim Union, Osaka, Japan)
26. Suddenly I felt safer on the street!. – Georgina Noueiri
27. How farcical could be Media Images – Md. Karim Ghazi (formerly Gain Chand Ghosh)
28. I have found Dignity for Women in Islam. – Hina Begum Ghazi, formerly Vinitha Gupta
|29. Islam: Our Choice – Huda Khattab30.I found true freedom in Islam – Ibnantu Adam
31.My years in a Mission School. – Ida Yezmin Bachtiar
32.I was dong things that are normally done by a Muslim! – Jane Nader
33.Heart of a Muslim. – D. Jacqualine Cosens
34.Impressions of Hajj. – M. Janes (U.S.A.)
35.Conversion to Islam my own Choice!. – Jemima Imran Khan (Pakistani Sportsman’s wife)
36.Faith in Allah is a big advantage! – Jewellee
37.In Search of Truth – Josephine Ivy janeezko
38. Religion of New Millennium! – Dr. Kamala Surrayya
39.The Hijab – Katherine Bullock
40.My story from Christianity to Islam – Khadija Zafar (Washington, USA)
41.Khairunisa dedicates herself for Islam in Germany – Muslehuddin Ahamad
42.I was never convinced with the concept of ‘Trinity’ in Christianity! – Khalida Hamilton
43.How did I come to Islam and Why? – Laure
44.How I Embraced Islam – Lee Cooper (UK)
|45. Islam led A British couple to the Right Path – Leila Rajab46.The Call to Islam: A revert’s Tale – Maimuna (formerly Joan Dixon)
47.Islam: My Personal Experience! – Mardijah Aldrich Tarantino
48.I have Finally found Peace in Islam – Maria Esther Roman (former U.S. Model)
49.Allah opened my heart to the Truth and guided me to seek knowledge! – Mariam Velasco
50.My Heart felt Strong especially as I read the Holy Qur’an!. – Mariola Laila Szczesny
51.Ramadhan: The First Fulfilling Days – Mariola Laila Szczesny
52.Convert devotes Time for Dawa – Jannah Felesmenia
53.Beauty of Salat brings Canadian lady to Islamic fold – Maryam Fisher
54.Behind the Islamic veil – Maryam Wannaenburgh
55.What led a Hindu woman to Islam – Mona Panicker
56.Blessings of Islam! – Nadia Shaukat Ali (U.S.A.)
57.Why Islam – Nishani (previously Indrani)
58.My journey from the Darkness of Unbelief to the Light of Islam – Natassia Kelly
59.How I chose Islam? – An American Woman’s conversion story
|60.I am a Muslim woman – Rabi?a K. jabbar61.Proud to be a Muslim woman Hijab a liberator; not an enslaver – Rosina Samadani
62.When minds are ventilated by liberty and rationality. – Sabiha Khan (formerly Carole Botes, South Africa)
63.I realized that what I had searched for Was Islam! – Shahin Gulam
64.I seemed by some mysterious Agency to be brought to Islam! – Saida Miller Khalifa
65.Hajj is the supreme and profound experience, which cements the Brotherhood of Islam! – Sakeenah Catherine Quicker Al-Beiruti
66. Discovering faith; belief in Monotheism draws Hindu lady to Islam – Dr Salma K. V Vijayalaxmi
67. Truth of Islam forced me to embrace Islam! – Dr. Salama Siddiqui (written by Muhammad Haneef Shahid)
68.My Experience as a Muslim female in a Western Society – Samia Itani (Student, University of Western Sydney)
69.I Found Myself – Sara BTE Muhammad
70.It seems that I have always been a Muslim! – Lady Zeinab (Evelyn) Cobbold